GEORGIA 6A-7A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
- February 7th-9th, 2019
- Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia
- Short Course Yards
- 7A Girls: Brookwood
- 6A Girls: Centennial
- 7A Boys: Brookwood
- 6A Boys: Johns Creek
The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) 6A-7A State Championship was held this past weekend at Georgia Tech. Brookwood defended both its 7A boys and girls titles, while Johns Creek boys and Centennial girls won their first 6A titles.
The big story coming out of the meet is Jake Magahey taking down the oldest National Public High School record on the books. Magahey threw down a 4:15.63, shattering the previous record of 4:16.39, which was set by Jeff Kostoff in 1983. Magahey went on to win the boys 7A 200 free with a 1:35.62, coming in about half a second off his personal best.
West Forsyth sophomore Jack Aikins took the boys 7A 50 free in a fairly decisive manner, rocketing to a 20.67 to be the only swimmer in the field to break 21 seconds. Alexis Doherty (Apalachee) won the girls 6A 50 free, swimming a 23.05 to post a time that would have also won 7A. Hailey Galbraith claimed the 7A 50 free title in 23.74. Doherty went on to win the 6A girls 100 free with a time of 50.79, again faster than the 7A champion (Lily Burke – 51.18)
Northview senior Cam Auerbach was another 6A winner who went faster than the 7A champion. Auerbach roared to victory in the boys 6A 100 fly, touching the wall in 48.38, while the 7A champion, Mikael Getahoun, finished in 49.89. Henry Bethel did the same in the boys 100 breast. Bethel posted a 55.60 to win the 6A title in decisive fashion, while Jacob Budnitz (Norcross) took the 7A title in 56.37
The Dalton boys won the 6A 200 free relay in state-record fashion, throwing down a 1:23.76. Jonathan Shaheen led that relay off in a speedy 20.90, then Jack Forthman and Roman Valdez each split 21.20, and sophomore Henry Bethel threw down a 20.46 to bring Dalton in under the previous record of 1:23.98. They came in well ahead of the 7A champion, Norcross, which came in at 1:25.28. Both 6A and 7A boys backstroke champions posted impressive time. Johns Creek senior Adrian Iannamico won the 6A title, swimming a 48.52 in prelims and 48.99 in finals, touching as the only swimmer in either session to break 50. Brookwood senior Aidan Stoffle swam a 47.62 to win the 7A title by over a second.
Alpharetta sophomore Alicia Henry posted a new state record in prelims of the 6A 100 breast, speeding to the wall in 1:01.39. She then swam a 1:01.64 in finals, winning the event handily.